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In Their Own Words

August 02, 1863

Soldier Unhappy with Food and War

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife bemoaning the food he was getting, and the situation of the war in general.

“…our fair is very hard it is the hardest fair we have ever had since we have bin in the war. I think the war can not last much longer. We have not been whiped yet but the yanks is a whiping our army every where else an I think we will soon have to give it up. they have got so many more soldiers than we have got it is thought among us that we will soon have to give it up an if we ever have to give up I want us to do it now before any more of us gets killed. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 96.